A simple baked chocolate coffee cheesecake pie that's gluten-free and keto friendly. It's a classic dessert for any java lover!
As a follow-up to my mocha cheesecake, I wanted to make a filling without the added chocolate. But this time I made a smaller cheesecake pie instead of a full size in a springform pan.
Since I'm the only one who eats low carb desserts in the house, I didn't want to have too many leftovers. However, cheesecake is a dessert that freezes well so that's usually not an issue.
I have been trying to stay away from sweets, though, so I try not to have too many tempting treats at home. And, when I do make low carb desserts, I try to give them away if I can.
The inspiration for this coffee cheesecake recipe came from a basic recipe I found on a box of Philadelphia cream cheese. It's the same recipe that I used to develop my blueberry swirl cheesecake.
This baked cheesecake pie uses only two 8-ounce bars of cream cheese and a couple other filling ingredients. So it's much simpler than a standard keto cheesecake.
How to Make a Coffee Cheesecake
The process for making this delicious java flavored cheesecake is super easy. And if you want to make it even easier, just omit the crust. Going crustless also cuts back on the carbs!
However, I'm providing a recipe for an almond flour based chocolate crust for those who want one. It's similar to the crust that I use in my popular no bake peanut butter cheesecake.
If making a crust, simply mix together almond flour, cocoa, low carb sweetener, and butter then press into the bottom of the pan (photos 1-5). There's no need to pre-bake the crust and it can be used un-baked as well for no-bake cheesecakes.
For the filling, simply whip up cream cheese, low carb sweetener, eggs, and coffee flavoring (photos 6-9). I used coffee extract. But a little strong brewed coffee or instant coffee granules can be used instead. However, if using the instant granules, I prefer using instant espresso.
Once the filling is made, it's just spread on top of the crust. Or it can be spread directly in the pie pan for a crustless coffee cheesecake (photo 10). Then it's baked at 350°F for 35 to 40 minutes and taken out of the oven when set with the center still a little jiggly.
The cheesecake looks a little plain at this point (photo 11). So I like to dress it up with a drizzling of ganache. But adding this extra step is totally optional.
To make the ganache, I melt together butter, baking chocolate, and low carb sweetener. Then I stir in a little vanilla extract to enhance the chocolate flavor. While still warm, it's drizzled on top of the coffee cheesecake.
What to Serve with Coffee Cheesecake
After cooling, the cheesecake should be stored in the refrigerator. You'll want to make it ahead and let it chill for at least a couple hours before serving.
The dessert is perfect served with a cup of hot coffee. And if you don't want to use the chocolate ganache, the top can be dressed up with a sprinkling of cocoa. Or make some homemade low carb chocolate to decorate the top with. Whipped cream is also a nice way to top off each slice
If you'd rather have a no bake coffee cheesecake pie, a coffee flavoring could be added to a basic low carb no bake cheesecake filling. Since the crust can be used unbaked, simply spread it into the crust and chill to set.
Another option for a no-bake cheesecake would be to double my keto cheesecake mousse recipe and mix in some coffee extract or instant espresso granules. It's a lighter and fluffier cheesecake filling.
You can also use a brownie crust instead like the cheesecake brownies. And instead of baking in a round pie pan, the cheesecake can be baked in a square pan for bars or squares.
Enjoy this easy baked coffee cheesecake recipe! If you want another great dessert with the same flavor, give our homemade coffee ice cream recipe with no eggs recipe a try.
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Baked Coffee Cheesecake Pie
- 1 ¼ cups almond flour
- ¼ cup cocoa
- 3 tablespoons low carb sugar substitute
- ¼ cup butter
- 16 ounces cream cheese
- ⅓ cup low carb sugar substitute
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons coffee extract or ¼ cup strong brewed coffee
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 ounce unsweetened baking chocolate
- 2 tablespoons low carb sugar substitute
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Mix crust ingredients in a medium bowl or directly in a pie pan.
- Press crust mixture evenly into pie pan.
- In large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until well blended.
- Add eggs and coffee extract and mix until blended in.
- Pour filling mixture on top of prepared unbaked crust.
- Bake at 350°F for 35 to 40 minutes or until center is just slightly jiggly.
- Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.
- Chill for at least 3 hours in the refrigerator.
- Just before serving, melt ganache ingredients together in microwave and drizzle on top.
Low Carb Sweeteners | Keto Sweetener Conversion Chart
Array ( [serving_size] => 1 [calories] => 423 [carbohydrates] => 8 [protein] => 9 [fat] => 41 [saturated_fat] => 19 [cholesterol] => 135 [sodium] => 289 [potassium] => 165 [fiber] => 3 [sugar] => 2 [vitamin_a] => 1135 [calcium] => 109 [iron] => 2.1 [serving_unit] => slice )
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I have to tell you, most of the keto desert recipes I try just do NOT quite turn out the way I wish. Usually they are way too sweet for me and/ or I don’t have the right sweetener they called for. In this one I used Pyure sweetener. I reduced to 1 Tbs for the crust and 1/4c for the filling. I also used 3 squirts of liquid stevia for the ganache. My family just went goo goo over this. Thank you so much!
I'm so glad that the low-carb treat went over well for you and your family.
Made it with Death Wish Coffee, and it turned out great!
I think this could be really good but I need to work on the balance of sweetener and coffee. I used a double shot of espresso coffee (30ml) in the cheesecake mixture but it tasted too bitter and strong so I doubled the amount of sweetener. That might have been ok but combined with the base it’s sweetener overload. I think 3 tablespoons in the base is unnecessary - I usually use 1 tablespoon in similar recipes. I didn’t add the chocolate ganache because I cut up and freeze cheesecake then defrost one at a time for dessert. If I make it again, I’ll use less coffee, less sweetener in the base, and might try to find a way to mix some chocolate in.
I'm completely in love with this recipe! Cheesecake is always so satisfying. I could eat it crustless and be totally in heaven!
I'm with you! I prefer it without the crust and the carbs are less too.
Oh wow this is seriously one delish coffee flavored cheesecake. Thank you!